I almost always ride my bicycle alone. It’s not that I dislike people. No. It’s because I need the solitude to rejuvenate my inner life. A solo ride provides me the serenity I need to work work off any stress and become more human. My time living alone in India provided me with ample solitude, a solitude from which arose an incredibly creative outpouring of my soul. It was a time when I felt most human. I was never lonely. I did miss people back home in the States but there wasn’t the debilitating crush of feeling isolated. Now, back in the US, I am happily married and happily living with my lovely wife. Still, I make sure I get my time alone to reconnect with myself, to understand who I am, to allow myself the necessary energy to become my future self.